Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: Although the cover of this latest instalment in the Paradise Breaks series echoes the famously trippy sleeves of '70s prog rockers like Yes, the music couldn't be more modern. Actually that said, many of the productions on here do plunder the '70s for inspiration but they choose funk over wizard's capes and that. Highlights include the mighty "Bad Mother" which combines raw soul divas vocals, wah-wah guitars and thumping break beats, J-Sounds' tight and groovy break-funk jam "On And On" and the super catchy shuffle-pop gem "Nobody Else" by Arteo. A totally mixed bag and all the better for it.
Review: Lashings of Latvian party pounding right here... Having developed a reputation for carving up a repertoire of detailed bootlegs, Arteo goes legit with this fizzy four tracker. "LetAss Party" is full of big beat twists and turns. Think Wiseguys on steroids and a team of award winning life coaches. "Everywhere I go" is a heavier, more club-focused jam with a wiggly metallic bassline and a super-tight sample on the breakdown. "Nobody Else" does the mid-range bass jitterbug in a way so sassy it could make Featurecast blush while BBP label boss Badboe brings the finale fire with a slinky, squelchy take on "Time & Place". Essential party business for the summer and beyond.
Review: Westwood Recordings are back at it again, this time bringing together the superbly matched styles of both Dubra and Arteo for a very futuristic twist up indeed. They here team up with The Inside for a very forward thinking piece of dance music entitled 'Got You', incorporating the big room drums of a classic breakbeat masterpiece, combined with a grizzly lead synthesizer and a standout horn lead, giving the entire track a touch of class. If you want to get a dancefloor grooving quick-time, then look no further than this one!
Review: Destination: Latvia. Bombstrikes welcome label regular Dubra to the stage to take selection duties for the third in their floor-firing Bass Funk mix series. Digging deep into the groove vaults, he's picked some outstanding timeless classics such as Krafty Kuts and Dyna's swaggering entrance theme "We Do This", Stickybuds' life-affirming glitch-slapper "Clap Your Hands" and A Skillz & Nick Thayer's body-slamming "Drop The Funk". Elsewhere we get our alien freak on with Opiuo, we get our heads knocked off by Dubra himself on "Keep It Going" and Punks favourite "You Don't" from Horger and Steve among many other straight up party-battering bass jams. 24 originals and a killer mix to boot, Bombstrikes are causing some serious damage with this collection. Strike while the dancefloor is hot yo!
Review: Sometimes it pays to be a label boss, like for example here, on this latest Bomb Strikes comp where head honcho Mooqee has decided to hand himself the reigns. Manning the decks for nearly an hour, he whips up a frenzy of party breaks delirium over the course of 24 tracks. The tracks are supplied individually too, with highlights including the tropical trap-house of "Ladies Look Pretty" by Basement Freaks, the furious electro-bass mash-up "Get Got (VIP mix)" by Nick Thayer & A Skillz and the strompingly retro electro-funk of "How We Do This" by Tom Booze.